Sentencing trial for Cristescu next week

After two and a half months of court proceedings, former Miami sophomore and Cleveland native Nicholas Cristescu will be sentenced for gross sexual imposition. As a result of a plea bargain with the State of Ohio, Cristescu pleaded guilty to gross sexual imposition, a third degree felony. Charges for sexual battery and voyeurism were dismissed on Dec. 21, 2017. The gross sexual imposition charge is an amended version of the original charge for rape, a first degree felony, Cristescu’s attorney, Steve Kilburn of Rittger’s & Rittger’s, said. On Jan. 8, Kilburn filed a motion to modify bond in Butler County Court that “respectfully requests [Cristescu] be permitted to leave the state to attend a ski trip with his friends” at Peekn’ Peak Ski Resort in Clymer, NY. Cristescu’s request was denied, said Kelly Heile, Butler County assistant prosecutor. As of Jan. 29, Cristescu is no longer enrolled at Miami University, according to university spokesperson Claire Wagner. Cristescu’s sentencing hearing will be held at 1 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 5 at the General Division Court in Hamilton. Updates on the case will be available at

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Dutton’s admirers tout his legacy

Kenton Card was never even a student of Tom Dutton’s. He admired Dutton’s work from afar and only met the esteemed architecture professor and founder/director of the Center for Community Engagement (CCE) a handful of times. They spoke over the phone and Dutton even wrote Card a letter of recommendation for his PhD program through the Department of  Urban Planning at UCLA. “The [recommendation] letter is another testament to how good of a person Tom was,” Card said. Last November, Card and over 60 other scholars, architects, planners, and activists in a variety of fields through the country and across the world wrote and signed a Letter to the Editor published by The Student. The letter called on President Greg Crawford and Miami University to honor Tom’s legacy as both a professor in Miami’s architecture department and the director of the CCE. The letter highlighted Dutton’s commitment to teaching in the classroom and creating an inclusive environment outside the Miami community through the Over-the-Rhine residency program. “Tom’s work politicized architecture,” Card said. “He got others to ask: How can architecture students create change through the profession by supporting local communities?” Card believes that most architects, especially the noteworthy or “star architects” as they are referred to in the field, are mostly concerned with aesthetics or designing the biggest, sexiest buildings. Dutton was one of few architects, Card said, who...

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Sprinkler head defect causes water damage in Armstrong

Over 1,000 gallons of water burst through one of the sprinkler heads in the Joslin Senate Chamber in Miami’s Armstrong Student Center (ASC) over roughly 30 minutes on Wednesday, Jan. 3. The sudden burst of water pressure set off the fire alarm, forcing everyone in Armstrong to evacuate until the Oxford Fire Department (OFD) arrived to shut off the water. A pool of water reached the third row of seating, but the damage was mainly concentrated on the eastern side of the chamber, including a part of the ceiling, sections of drywall and several wooden panels along the wall. “The problem is not that the pipes themselves burst,” ASC’s building service coordinator, Jim Rhodes said. “It’s that a hole the size of the pencil, where normally this green, cylindrical glass bulb is located in the sprinkler, was missing.” The estimate of how much it will cost to fix the damage as well as whose insurance will have to foot the bill — either Miami University’s or Messer Construction’s — is still being determined, as is the cause of the defect in the sprinkler head. “The insurance hasn’t been determined yet, because the cause will drive which insurance company will need to pay the cost of remediation,” director of ASC Katie Wilson said. There was an extremely quick clean-up response between Armstrong, the physical facilities department and Messer Construction given...

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Continuing the dream in 2018: 50 years after MLK Jr.’s death

The town-gown event “Continuing the Dream in 2018” featured professor and coordinator of Black World Studies, Rodney Coates, who was recently charged by President Greg Crawford to head up a task force designed to educate the Miami community on how to combat racism and bigotry. Coates emphasized the theme of event throughout his speech: dreams. “Dreams without purpose are fantasies,” he said. “And dream makers are everyday people who stand up and fight for change…and while technology allows us to travel to the moon, we need to learn how to travel next door.” Well over 200 people gathered in Shriver Center on Monday, Jan. 15 to celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day. By late morning, dozens of students, faculty, and Oxford residents lined the walls and spilled out into the hallway leading out of Shriver’s Heritage Room. Throughout the event, Treva Boardman, music director at Westwood Presbyterian Church, led the audience in song, beginning with James Weldon Johnson’s hymn “Lift Every Voice and Sing.” “Facing the rising sun of our new day begun / Let us march on till victory is won.” Coates’ speech was preceded by Oxford’s NAACP chapter president, Fran Jackson and member Ann Wengler. Jackson and Wengler presented the awards for the Creative Arts Exhibition, in which students from the Talawanda school district, the local sunday school and the McGuffey Montessori School submitted 128 entries into...

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